Happy Friday to you! :H
For those of you who suffer with Osteoarthritis swelling and pain, I wanted to share that I have been taking a prescription called Etodolac for 6 weeks.
This Etodolac has been working quite well on my inflammation and pain in my fingers, knees, ankles, feet, elbows and hips.
Each morning, just opening one of my prescription pill bottles has been quite painful due to the tremendous swelling and pain in my fingers. Making that first morning walk to the powder room has always a challendge, as my knees, feet and ankles have been very swollen and sore since my fall. Not to mention, my hips.
When my Physiatrist who performs my nerve blocks and hip injections noticed how swollen my joints were, she decided to have me try the Etodolac to see if I would get some relief from the pain and swelling in my joints. It took about 2 weeks for the Etodolac to "build up" in my system and during that time, the only side-effect I noticed was some intestinal gas. You also need to take this medication with food, to avoid stomach upset.
Since I have been on the Etodolac for 6 weeks now, I no longer wake up with the pain and extreme swelling in my fingers. There is still "some" swelling in my fingers and joints, but it has truly been cut in half. My first morning walk has become less painful, due to this medication reducing the pain and swelling in my knees and ankles.
Etodolac is in the NSAID family. I was taking Advil prior to Etodolac to help my arthritis swelling and pain, but I no longer need to take Advil. I have had less stomach pain since switching to Etodolac.
I am prescribed 400mg tablets, which I take twice a day. Once in the morning with a banana and once in the afternoon with my protein shake.
I just wanted to share this with those of you who suffer with Osteoarthritis/Arthritis pain and swelling. If you could share the positive results you heard from "a friend" of yours who was prescribed this medication for her OS pain, I hope your doctors would be willing to let you give it a try? Again, it does take a few weeks for it to build-up in your system... but the end result for me has been a blessing.
Wishing everyone a good weekend,